Meet the team

 

Meet the Team

Professor William Bloss

Professor William Bloss

Professor of Atmospheric Science
Deputy Head, College of Life & Environmental Sciences

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Atmospheric processing affects the current and future composition of our air, with impacts upon human and environmental health, air quality and climate.

My group's work improves scientific understanding of the causes of poor air quality, and hence the development of effective policy measures for Clean Air.  We focus upon the sources of atmospheric pollutants, and the chemical ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4173 (Research Office)
Email
w.j.bloss@bham.ac.uk

Professor Lee Chapman

Professor Lee Chapman

Professor of Climate Resilience & Met Office Joint Chair
Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor Lee Chapman’s research interests are at the interface of climatology and engineering investigating the impact of weather and climate on the built environment; an important research area given the ever-increasing concentration (and vulnerability) of the population and critical infrastructure in urban areas. This covers a range of topics and sub-disciplines including ...

Telephone
0121 414 7435
Email
l.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Julian Clark

Reader in Political Geography

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Julian Clark is Reader in Political Geography at the University of Birmingham and Research Theme Lead for Human Geography. His research focusses upon critical geographical understandings of the state, and the governance of natural resources. Within these domains, Julian examines questions of state spatialities (how states as political objects are materialized and stabilised over space and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6262
Email
j.r.a.clark@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sean Elvidge

Dr Sean Elvidge

Associate Professor of Space Environment
Head of Space Environment Research (SERENE)

School of Engineering

Sean Elvidge is an Associate Professor in Space Environment and leads the Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group in the School of Engineering.

Space weatherevents are one of the major risks facing society as it becomes increasingly dependent on technology. Sean's research is focused on using innovative mathematical methods to create the next generation space weather forecast ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7724
Email
s.elvidge@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emma Ferranti

Dr Emma Ferranti

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Emma leads exciting interdisciplinary research at the intersection of infrastructure, the built environment and green infrastructure. She currently holds an EPSRC Fellowship examining how Nature Based Solutions can deliver infrastructure resilience to extreme weather and climate change. Emma also leads and contributes to a range of projects in the fields of transport, infrastructure resilience, ...

Email
e.ferranti@bham.ac.uk

Professor Vincent Gauci

Professor Vincent Gauci

Birmingham Professorial Fellow

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Professor Gauci investigates how the biosphere interacts with the atmosphere and he explores questions relating to how these interactions respond to various drivers of global change.

Email
v.gauci@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ruth Geen

Dr Ruth Geen

Lecturer in Atmospheric Sciences

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Ruth Geen is an atmospheric dynamicist. Her research aims to increase confidence in projections of future regional climate by building simple, conceptual pictures of the large-scale circulations governing climate phenomena.

Telephone
49278
Email
r.geen@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Hannah

Professor David Hannah

Professor of Hydrology
Director of the Birmingham Institute for Sustainability and Climate Action

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Water Crisis - Birmingham HeroesProfessor David Hannah - Research in 60 seconds videoDavid is a physical geographer with interdisciplinary research interests focusing on three complementary themes within hydroclimatology (interface between hydrology-climatology): (1) hydroclimatological processes within alpine, Arctic, mountain and glacierized river basins; (2) climate and river flow regimes; and (3) river energy budget and water temperaturedynamics. He has cross-cutting ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 47931 (Helen Jones, PA)/+44 (0)121 41 46925 (for own research)
Email
d.m.hannah@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joshua Larsen

Dr Joshua Larsen

Senior Lecturer

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Joshua Larsen is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography. His research interests include:  Hydrology, ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, water quality, and palaeohydrology.

Email
j.larsen@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gregor C. Leckebusch

Professor Gregor C. Leckebusch

Professor of Meteorology and Climatology
UK Met Office Joint Chair

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Professor Gregor Leckebusch is a leading expert in natural science research on meteorological and climatological extreme events and related impacts. His work is dedicated to natural variability and anthropogenic changes in extreme events like cyclones and storms and the relation to relevant risk assessments. Focus of his actual research is a better understanding of physical processes in the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45518
Email
g.c.leckebusch@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rob MacKenzie

Professor Rob MacKenzie

Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research
Professor of Atmospheric Science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

60 second video iconRob MacKenzie is an atmospheric scientist with a particular interest in how plants affect air composition. Watch a video of him describing one aspect of his research in 60 seconds by clicking on the play icon above. 

As a result of a £15M grant, the University of Birmingham has set up the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR), of which Rob is delighted to be ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6142
Email
a.r.mackenzie@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kelvin Ng

Dr Kelvin Ng

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Kelvin Ng is an atmospheric scientist who focuses on meteorological and climatological extremes.

Email
k.s.ng@bham.ac.uk

Dr Christian Pfrang

Dr Christian Pfrang

Dr Pfrang’s research is in the area of gas-phase and heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry currently focusing on the fate of atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on air quality and climate change.  He is also studying reactions of initiators of atmospheric oxidation (in particular ozone and nitrate radicals) with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), e.g. stress-induced plant ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5519
Email
c.pfrang@bham.ac.uk

Professor Andrew Quinn

Professor Andrew Quinn

Professor of Climate Adaptation

Department of Civil Engineering

Professor Andrew Quinn is Professor of Climate Adaptation, bridging the disciplines of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. His research focuses on the interactions between infrastructure, particularly rail and transport systems, renewable energy and extreme weather events/climate change and how these impact on the resilience of communities and services. Andrew was lead author of the ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 5055
Email
a.d.quinn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Xiaocheng Shang

Dr Xiaocheng Shang

Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics

School of Mathematics

Xiaocheng Shang is a Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics. Xiaocheng’s primary research interests lie in the optimal design of numerical methods for stochastic differential equations with a strong emphasis on applications ranging from computational mathematics, statistics, physics, to data science. Xiaocheng is a member of the Numerical Analysis Group, the Mathematical Data ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 6193
Email
x.shang.1@bham.ac.uk

Prof Zongbo Shi

Prof Zongbo Shi

Professor of Atmospheric Biogeochemistry

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The atmosphere and atmospheric processes interact with the biogeochemistry of the earth system. This in turn affects human and environmental health, air quality and climate. My group addresses three areas of research central to these impacts:

  • Sources and emissions of chemical substances to the atmosphere
  • Physical and chemical transformation of aerosol particles and their constituents in the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 9128
Email
z.shi@bham.ac.uk

Professor Iain Styles

Professor Iain Styles

Professor of Computer Science

School of Computer Science

Iain Styles is a Professor of Computational Life Sciences in the School of Computer Science. His research interests are in the analysis of complex data from advanced imaging and analytical techniques to understand biological structures and processes, with particular interests in the analysis of single-molecule imaging experiments, automated analysis of mass spectrometry measurements, and image ...

Email
i.b.styles@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alexandra Tzella

Dr Alexandra Tzella

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

School of Mathematics

Alexandra Tzella is a lecturer in Applied Mathematics. She is a member of the Continuum Mechanics and Nonlinear Systems research groups.  Alexandra's current research uses mathematical techniques to understand how tracers (e.g. pollutants) evolve in idealised fluid and porous media flows. A key challenge is to determine how structural inhomogeneities and physical and chemical processes ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 6597
Email
a.tzella@bham.ac.uk

Dr Martin Widmann

Dr Martin Widmann

Senior Lecturer in climate science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Dr Martin Widmann is a climate scientist. His current main research area is regional climate change, in particular the development and validation of statistical downscaling methods. He also studies past climates; the main activity in this field is the development of data assimilation methods to combine climate simulations with empirical knowledge from proxy data.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45553
Email
m.widmann@bham.ac.uk

Dr Xilin Xia

Dr Xilin Xia

Assistant Professor in Resilience Engineering

School of Engineering

Xilin Xia is an assistant professor working on computational modelling of natural hazards and their impacts. His research interests cover computational hydraulics, high-performance computing, machine learning and their applications in modelling and understanding hydraulic, hydrological, and geotechnical processes involved in natural hazards such as flooding and landslides. His research vision is ...

Telephone
0121 414 4297
Email
x.xia.1@bham.ac.uk